I'm a bibliophile; I've mentioned this many times before. So when I hopped on the train and began to read Pilgrim at Tinker Creek on a kindle (highly ironic book to read via an electronic device by the way), I felt a little strange. Where's the smell of a book? What happened to leafing through thin pages or cracking the spine? Here's a secret - I always read the last page first, and there is no way I'm hitting kindle's "next page" button until the very end.
Yet as I'm gripping the center pole for dear life at 7:15 a.m. due my poor balance, kindle has magically come in handy. I can hold this thing in one hand and turn the page with the push of a button. That button is on both sides of the kindle mind you, and that fact took me a good month to figure out.
With the dawn of iPad, I wanted to explore the pros and cons of kindle 2. While my physical library may dwindle, kindle 2 holds up to 1,500 books that you purchase at discounted rates, provides access to free public domain titles, stores newspaper subscriptions and blog feeds and has a 3G Internet connection. The Internet sucks. . .period. Although it did come in handy this past snow storm when Jon was stranded without a cell phone, which is a story in and of itself. So do I feel like a fool with a cell phone, kindle and laptop? Not yet. Eventually, I'll sync the kindle to both devices.
(The picture above is the first generation kindle, which is more difficult to navigate and thicker in width).
Plus, kindle is like a puppy that doesn't pee, poop or chew the crap out of your furniture. If you have a kindle in your hand, people are bound to stop you and chat. I'm surprised at how many people have never seen one and genuinely want a tutorial that early in the morning.
I think I'm getting used to the idea of an electronic library, and thank goodness I can grip the rail without waiting to turn the page.